Regular WorldSBK photographers offer a special photo from their archive
The photographer: Matteo Cavadini
Italian Matteo Cavadini has been involved in the World Superbike Championship since the end of the 90s. Cavadini is one of the figures always present on the world scene, as he has travelled to practically all the Rounds since 1997, recording the action and lifestyle shots in the paddock. Working as a team photographer, or for various media in both nationally and internationally, his professional portfolio for this championship is immense, but interestingly the photo he would have liked to share with us does not exist, and the one he chose was taken when he was not a regular WorldSBK photographer. Here is this unusual story:
The photo: Corser flies in Monza
"It has not been easy for me to choose, because I have been working in Superbike since 1997, so there are many pictures. Also, the first image that came to my head is that of a photograph I did not take. An overtake from Haga on Colin Edwards in Hockenheim, in the year 2000. Noriyuki overtook him at the start of the corner, in a place where you wouldn’t expect, with a change of magnificent trajectory. I could not take that picture, probably because I was too excited. That picture would have meant a lot to me, because I had a special relationship with Haga."
"Obviously, I had to look for another photograph that also meant something to me, and I found it amongst some of my first photographs. It's from 1995 in Monza, when I wasn’t going to all races in the season."
"I went to Monza because I worked for a newspaper in that city and I covered the Round for them. I must say that I took some terrible pictures but with this photograph - which I took in the first Variant - I had great luck, and this is probably where my passion for WorldSBK was born. So you could say it's the first picture I took in the World Superbike Championship. What you see in this picture is that Troy Corser is flying. Thank god no one was harmed, although photographically has a lot of impact. The flight wasn’t as high as it seems in the photo. Clearly, Monza is a very fast track and the first Variant was a very dangerous point. I printed this photo and I have it hanging in my office because it is absolutely the work of luck, not the good hand of the photographer. But, since I do not have the photo of Haga, this is the picture that represents for me what has been and what the Superbikes are. "